The much anticipated publication on the history of the Norfolk Textile trade by Dr Michael Nix has just come from the printers.
It is a beautifully illustrated record of the people, products and practices of the industry and of the extraordinary hand-woven fabrics exported around the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The book introduces us to Norwich wool and yarn manufacturers, dealers, factors, staplers, spinners, wool-comb makers, warpers and scourers, masters and journeymen. Norwich, twisterers and doublers, dyers and bleachers, hot-pressers, shuttle and bobbin makers, all working to support the Norwich and Norfolk freemen weavers.
This fascinating, comprehensively researched book traces every process of the trade with examples of the incredible array of pattern books, many held in Norfolk Museums Service collections, which provide a rich historic record of their products.
Such was the extent of the extensive research for this book that there are a further 12 appendices published on the C&TA website.
Copies of the book are available to buy on the C&TA website. ctacostume.org.uk/shop
Caroline Whiting is a trustee of C&TA, an art historian and guide at Norwich's Norman Cathedral who is passionate about textiles as an art form, from medieval to modern.